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Amazon and eBay repricer Appeagle can now adjust repricing rules based on competitors' handling days and product availability.

Handling days, which is expressed as a range, is the number of days it takes for a seller to ship an item after an order is placed on Amazon.

Appeagle's new handling days feature enables sellers to exclude competitors based on the number of handling days it takes them to ship an item. It is possible for sellers to win the Buy Box at a higher price than competitors who take longer to ship orders.

Appeagle can also now exclude competitors with backordered Items, which avoids repricing against sellers who are out of inventory but still listing an offer.

Source: Appeagle

Multichannel management solution Jazva can now route orders from any sales channel to Amazon's FBA service for fulfillment.

Using Amazon FBA to pack and ship orders from other ecommerce sites is known as Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF).

With Jazva's MCF integration, users can submit, track and cancel Amazon MCF orders all within Jazva. They can also manage FBA warehouse inventory, shipments and pricing, and keep channels organized.

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Jazva has also rolled out new subscription plans this week, with prices ranging from $299 to $2999 per month.

No annual contract is required for month-to-month subscriptions, and all subscription plans get free support. There is a 15% discount for one-year prepaid plans.

Source: Jazva

A new integration shows inventory data from multichannel ecommerce tool Ecomdash inside order management system ShipStation.

"We're thrilled to offer ShipStation users the ability to view their inventory quantities across channels as a sale is made," notes Nick Maglosky, ecomdash CEO. "ShipStation is highly regarded for offering exceptional service and quality software to their users, and we are looking forward to a strong partnership with ShipStation."

Ecomdash sellers using ShipStation have access to the following:

  • Free iOS and Android mobile apps, to manage and view their ShipStation account on the go.
  • Automation rules to automatically choose the optimal shipping option based on type of product, weight and geography.
  • Batch printing more than 500 shipping labels at once, from a large variety of printers and devices.
  • Customized and branded shipping and packing labels.

"Inventory management can be a time-consuming process," says ShipStation's Vice President of Marketing Robert Gilbreath. "We're excited to offer Ecomdash customers the ability to save time and money on their shipping and fulfillment via the ShipStation platform."

Source: ShipStation

Multichannel management tool Sellbrite can now create shipping labels and print USPS postage directly from the system.

Postage can now be purchased from within Sellbrite for all USPS orders. Dimensions, weights, and shipping locations are remembered and stored on products to save time. Sellbrite offers the lowest rates available from the USPS. Merchants can load funds in advance into their postage wallet, cutting down on transactions and reducing work. Funds can be auto-replenished.

Sellbrite can also split orders, allowing some items within an order to be fulfilled in-house while others are routed to FBA.

Source: Sellbrite

Third-party logistics company Shipwire has a new Business Reports feature which provide detailed insights into fulfillment operations.

Business Reports delivers fulfillment information in an accessible and flexible format that is easy to manipulate and compatible with a wide range of business systems. Reports can be sent to any email address on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis, or simply stored in dashboards for future use.

Shipwire users can subscribe to four types of reports:

  • Inventory Transaction Detail
  • Inventory Performance
  • Returns
  • Tracking

Source: Shipwire

European small business loans company iwoca has won three awards at the annual Credit Awards in the Grosvenor Hotel, Mayfair, London.

iwoca were named Best Alternative Lender (Commercial) for the second year in a row, and also won the Best Fintech Company – Lending and Best Data & Analytics Technology awards.

Source: iwoca

Marketplace management tool SellerActive has released four new features this week.

The new features are:

  • Velocity Pricing, which allows automatic prices updates for SKUs based on sales volume. This is a powerful new repricing method for sellers with no competition to base price changes on, such as private-label sellers.
  • Line Item Updates, allowing orders with multiple line items to be updated individually, instead of for the whole order. This is useful for sellers that use dropshipping, or have items coming from multiple locations.
  • Partial Shipments on Shopify, so orders with multiple items within Shopify can be shipped separately and send tracking information to Shopify separately for each item.
  • Purchase Queue Upload, so multiple inventory items in the Low Stock Report can be moved to the Purchase Queue at once.

Source: SellerActive

UK shipping tool Shiptheory has released a new API, allowing developers to integrate other systems with Shiptheory's multi-carrier shipping engine.

The Shiptheory API makes multiple carriers available through just one consistent endpoint. Retailers only need to integrate with one API to entirely automate their shipping.

The Shiptheory API is a REST API, exchanging data using either JSON or XML. It supports the following functions:

  • Book a consignment with a carrier
  • Get a consignment and print labels

Shiptheory founder James Mikkelson said, "Developing integrations with carrier software is tricky. Every carrier has a different set of requirements and reams of documentation. The Shiptheory API takes the pain out of the development process for our users, providing one unified endpoint for all our supported carriers."

Source: Shiptheory

Multichannel management tool Webgility Unify Enterprise can now publish new products onto the Amazon marketplace.

Webgility founder and CEO Parag Mamnani said, "Multi-channel selling is the most effective strategy for businesses today. Indeed, recent research from our thousands of online retailers shows that the majority of our customers are simultaneously selling products on as many as five marketplaces or shopping carts. Since Amazon and eBay are consistently in the top five marketplaces used by our growing customer base, we knew it was critical to address these connections first as we work to solve the industry-wide problem of effective multi-channel selling."

An eBay listing feature is also under development.

Source: Webgility

Ecommerce platform BigCommerce has received an additional $30 million in investment.

Brent Bellm, CEO of BigCommerce, said, "BigCommerce is benefitting from the retail industry shifting online, with every small, mid-sized and large merchant in the world seeking to gain a piece of the $1 trillion ecommerce market. This new financing follows on the successful launch of several new products, our partnerships with major players in ecommerce like eBay and Square, and our successful expansion into the midmarket."

The round of funding was led by GGV Capital with participation from existing investors including General Catalyst, Revolution Growth, SoftBank Capital, Tenaya, Split Rock, Telstra Ventures and American Express Ventures.

Source: BigCommerce

Currency exchange service World First has a new partnership with leading French marketplace Cdiscount.

World First is now integrated into Cdiscount's seller portal and registration process, to ensure that thousands of new and existing international sellers trading on the Cdiscount marketplace can take advantage of World First's service.

World First offers free Euro receiving accounts so merchants can collect marketplace revenue in the local currency, then transfer their earnings back home through World First at a better exchange rate than conventional international bank transfers.

Head of Partnership Sales (EMEA) at World First Luke Trayfoot said, "With a growing number of international online sellers signing up for Cdiscount, a viable solution to repatriate their revenues is paramount to the success of their marketplace growth plans. At World First, it is our mission to get as many of our sellers on marketplaces that work for their business, and our partnership with Cdiscount will help us to engage with our audience in more ways than one.

Source: World First

Excel-driven eBay lister Xpress Lister has a new feature which creates eBay listings from just two pieces of data.

For any items in the eBay catalogue, Xpress Lister can create a full eBay listing from just an EAN/UPC and a price. A simple two-column spreadsheet can be used to create hundreds or thousands of eBay listings in a single upload.

Codisto CEO Jonathan Pollard said, "With our recent release, it is now possible to create listings from only a UPC/EAN code and a price - just two pieces of data! If the products exist in the eBay catalog, Xpress Lister will complete the eBay title, find images and complete relevant item specifics. That is an incredible time saver for anyone selling on eBay. Simply upload a spreadsheet of two columns, UPC/EAN code and price and Xpress Lister can create thousands of eBay listings in literally seconds."

Xpress Lister was designed to create a new standard in speed and usability for eBay listing tools. It auto-categorizes products, prevents image errors, and applies a mobile responsive eBay template automatically.

Source:Codisto

Inventory and channel management tool Linnworks is now integrated with four new third-party services.

Linnworks now supports the UK's GAME Marketplace, which specializes in video games and gaming accessories such as clothing, consoles, novelties and add-ons. GAME is one of the fastest growing marketplaces in the UK.

Linnworks also has three new apps in the Application Store, developed by partner eBusiness Guru. The apps provide integrations with online deals site Groupon, Polish ecommerce platform IDoSell and social media marketing solution Mento.

Groupon work with a wide range of businesses to provide new deals and opportunities to their 48.1 million registered customers. With the new app, Linnworks.net can automate Groupon selling processes, manage orders and shipping.

IdoSell is a Polish ecommerce platform with multi-currency and brick-and-mortar retail support. With the integration, Linnworks can connect to IdoSell and be used to ship orders alongside those from other channels.

Mento is a social media marketing tool designed for online sellers, and connects directly to sales channels sites including eBay, Amazon, Magento, BigCommerce, Shopify and Etsy. Mento uses product images and descriptions to create social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and more.

With the Linnworks integration, Mento can be used from within Linnworks.net, accessing product information and photos stored in Linnworks.

Source: Linnworks for GAME, Groupon, IDoSell and Mento

UK multichannel management solution StoreFeeder has a new feature which assesses how changes to shipping rules will affect orders.

The new Shipping Rules Tester, previously only an internal tool, is now available to all StoreFeeder users to test how shipping rules will perform under different circumstances.

The Tester allows users to see all valid shipping rules for an order, and which rule would be applied, helping sellers create shipping rules that calculate the correct results under different scenarios.

StoreFeeder's Shipping Rules have also been improved with new Specificity and Priority settings. Specificity and Priority acts as tie-breakers when more than one rule could apply to an order.

Source: StoreFeeder

Small business loans provider Kabbage has partnered with competitors OnDeck and CAN Capital to launch a new trade association for lenders, and price comparison tools for borrowers.

The Innovative Lending Platform Association will provide a framework for small business lenders to collaborate on pricing and fee disclosures.

The Association's SMART Box initiative provides small businesses with pricing comparison tools and explanations to help borrowers make like-for-like loan comparisons.

Kabbage, OnDeck and CAN Capital are the largest online small business lending platforms in the United States, responsible for more than $12 billion in funding.

Source: Kabbage

Marketplace management tool Veeqo is now integrated with Amazon's FBA fulfillment service and the Zapier automation platform.

From within Veeqo sellers can now track FBA and FBM orders, view stock of FBA and FBM products separately, and filter reports by Amazon FBA and FBM.

Veeqo has also integrated with Zapier, an integration platform which connects hundreds of services including MailChimp, Zendesk and Twitter.

One example of what Veeqo and Zapier can do once connected, is automatically add customers to a MailChimp list after they've placed an order in Veeqo.

Veeqo are currently in the testing stages of their Zapier integration.

Source: Veeqo

UK third-party logistics company James and James Fulfilment has opened its fourth warehouse, this time in Northampton in central England.

The new 125,000 square feet fulfillment location on the Brackmills industrial estate will allow James and James to offer later cut-off times to retailers, with the warehouse close to the central hubs of many major carriers.

In addition to two UK locations, the company recently opened warehouse spaces in Columbus, Ohio and Auckland, New Zealand.

Source: James and James

Inventory management system SellerCloud now supports selling through Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW).

Sellers of brand-name footwear can use the integration to increase their products' exposure through DSW's heavily-trafficked website.

DSW is a national footwear retailer selling discounted brand-name footwear. DSW operates more than 430 brick-and-mortar stores, as well as its website.

DSW offers a dropship vendor program, where vendors supply inventory to listings on DSW's website, and customer purchases are forwarded to the vendor for fulfillment.

SellerCloud uses VendorNet from Radial (formerly eBay Enterprise) to manage dropshipping through DSW.

Source: SellerCloud

Ecommerce platform Shopify is now connected with on-demand delivery service Postmates.

Shopify merchants can deliver to local customers using Postmates to get deliveries to their door in as little as an hour.

Postmates is available in over 200 cities across the United States. After enabling Postmates, local customers will be able to select it as their delivery method. Then a Postmates courier will come to pick up the order and take it directly to the customer.

Both the merchant and customer can track the order in real-time from pickup to drop off.

Source: Shopify

Order management tool ShipStation has released integrations with email management system MailChimp and ecommerce platform Mozu.

ShipStation is MailChimp's first shipping software integration and through the integration, MailChimp will automatically add new customers to a company's email list based on orders coming through ShipStation. MailChimp will receive information from each ShipStation order, including email address, first and last name, last order date, last order amount and the sales channel where the order was placed.

"A company's email list is one of its most important and valuable assets," states Robert Gilbreath, ShipStation's Vice President of Marketing. "Our integration with MailChimp allows ShipStation users to easily build their email lists, saving time and making email communication a breeze."

Mozu is ShipStation's latest shopping cart partner. Mozu, owned by Volusion, serves larger online retailers. The new integration imports orders from Mozu to ShipStation, so they can be managed and fulfilled across various shipping carriers including USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL and more.

Source: ShipStation for MailChimp and Mozu

Currency exchange company World First has launched a new service for online retailers worldwide selling through Japanese marketplaces.

International merchants selling to customers based in Japan can now save time and money by using World First to transfer their sales proceeds home.

By removing unnecessary hurdles like the need to open a local bank account, World First is helping international sellers tap into Japan's thriving ecommerce market.

Commenting on the launch, Jabu Henson, Managing Director for World First Asia said;

"We are excited to be launching our award-winning service in Japan and helping online sellers make the most of the eCommerce opportunity in the region in the process. As the first provider to offer this service, we are opening up the attractive and fast-growing Japanese market to thousands of online sellers across the globe."

Source: World First

Amazon repricing tool XSellco Price Manager has a new feature which identifies a seller's top ten rivals for the Buy Box in each marketplace.

The new "Competitor Insights" feature also allows users to create repricing rules for competing against their top rivals.

"The new Competitor Insights feature is a real game changer for our customers," said Victor Corcoran, CEO of XSellco. "Having the ability to spy on your strongest competitors and see which of your SKUs are losing the Buy Box is momentous. Now you can focus your strategy, create specific rules and compete more aggressively. It takes away the guesswork and genuinely gives you a competitive edge."

Users can see which of their SKUs are losing the Buy Box to competitors, and quickly access the "Make Rule" feature to create rules specifically targeted against the competition.

Competitor Insights also shows which products are sharing the Buy Box and winning at the lowest price, as well as products that are being beaten to the lowest price by the competition

Competitor Insights is available to all XSellco Price Manager customers.

Source: XSellco

UK ecommerce platform ekmPowershop has partnered with Swedish payments company Klarna to provide an integrated store and payments solution.

From today, all new EKM merchants will be offered a closely integrated payment solution powered by Klarna.

Luke Griffiths, UK Managing Director at Klarna, said, "Klarna and EKM have created a brand new solution, which will make it extremely simple for UK retailers to get online and compete with the giants of retail, which has been impossible up until now. Retailers will get a complete e-store just by going through one simple signup process. For a retailer, this is as close to instant selling as you will get."

Klarna payment methods include credit cards, an interest-free pay after delivery option, or a one-click mobile checkout. The pay after delivery option allows customers to complete purchases without having to enter card details or remember passwords. Klarna's risk algorithm analyses the purchase and Klarna immediately pays the merchant.

EKM is the UK's largest hosted ecommerce provider, being behind 1 in 5 British online stores. Klarna is an innovative Swedish payments startup that processed £6 billion in payments last year.

Source: Finextra

Multi-channel ecommerce tool SellerActive has added two new features this week.

The new features are:

  • Bundle Reports, which display current bundles and quantities. Users can also modify bundles and unbundle items, then upload the report via the File Upload page to make those changes in SellerActive.
  • Manual Integration Option, which allows users to enter inventory and orders that are not linked to any of the fully integrated sales channels.

Also, the Buy Box Report has been updated to show the percentage of time each SKU has occupied the Amazon Buy Box.

Source: SellerActive

Open source shopping cart X-Cart has two major new features in its latest release.

X-Cart 5.2.14 includes:

  • Order messages, which adds the ability for customers and vendors to communicate on their orders and open disputes within X-Cart.
  • Vendor rating for X-Cart Multivendor edition. This adds to the Vendor page an aggregated vendor rating based on Product Reviews data.

Also, the mall admin for X-Cart Multivendor edition may now change the vendor of a product.

Source: X-Cart

The next version of ecommerce accounting connector Tradebox Finance Manager will work with new accounting programs, in addition to Sage Accounts.

The new Finance Manager, to be called "Tradebox v1", has been completely rewritten to provide integration with multiple accounting packages including Xero, Quickbooks and Sage One.

As well as a new user interface, there will be a separate service to poll all of the platforms Tradebox integrates with, downloading orders, adjusting stock and uploading stock levels across all channels.

Tradebox v1 will go through an intensive pre-release program, estimated to start in May 2016, including integrations with eBay, Amazon (including FBA) and Magento. After the pre-release stage, Tradebox v1 will be integrated with all existing Tradebox channels. The full version of the new software is estimated to be available by the end of Q3 2016, then support will be added for additional accounting platforms.

Pricing will remain the same, solely based on the number of channels the user needs to be integrated.

Source: Tradebox

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